Wellington Scoop

Archive for January, 2011

Video podcasts and iPods – VUW’s digital revolution for teaching te reo

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
The teaching of te reo Māori has gone digital, thanks to a ground-breaking project led by Victoria University Faculty of Education lecturers Tabitha McKenzie, Rawiri Toia and Hiria McRae. Read more »

Wellington becomes NZ’s first city to offer free wifi on the waterfront

News release from TradeMe
Visitors to the waterfront in New Zealand’s capital will enjoy fast and free wireless internet access from today, thanks to a joint effort from Trade Me and Wellington City Council.

The free wifi network went live this morning, beaming from access points on The NZX Centre and Te Papa. It covers the area south from Frank Kitts Lagoon and along the waterfront side of Te Papa. Read more »

Losing their homes and dreams, to make way for four lanes of speeding traffic

You can’t help feeling sorry for the 15 (or more) Raumati South families who’ve discovered that their houses will be demolished to make way for the southern entrance to the new Kapiti expressway. And for the many other families whose houses will survive, but whose quality of life will be destroyed by four lanes of speeding cars and trucks nearby. On what the locals are describing as an autobahn, a truckies’ dream. An expressway which Labour and Green MPs have promised will be cancelled if there’s a change of government. Read more »

Wellington Firebirds squad named to play Auckland

Press Release – Cricket Wellington
The Wellington Firebirds squad to play the Auckland Aces in the eighth round of the 2010/11 domestic One-Day competition at the Basin Reserve on Wednesday 2 February is: Read more »

High levels of drunkenness and aggression at Napier winery concert

News release from NZ Police
Police fully support the decision by Church Road Winery to close the bar at Saturday night’s George Thorogood/Joe Cocker concert in Napier.

Senior Sergeant Sarah Stewart said police were concerned from very early on in the night about the high levels of intoxication amongst the crowd. Police made their first arrest at 6.30pm. Read more »

Call for inquiry into desecration and degradation of Lake Horowhenua

Scoop report by Anne Hunt
Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples has been called upon to conduct a full inquiry into the desecration and degradation of a historic lake. Lake Horowhenua is the site of fierce battles between Te Rauparaha and Muaupoko, the tribe he’d threatened to exterminate after the death of his sons and daughters.

Phil Taueki has called for the full inquiry because he is no longer prepared to tolerate the Crown’s failure to look after a lake of such immense historic and cultural significance to New Zealand. Read more »

Winner of Nobel Prize to speak at VUW conference of physicists and chemists

News from Victoria University of Wellington
Some of the world’s leading physicists and chemists are in Wellington next week for a conference to discuss exciting advances in their fields. Read more »

Man hit by train and killed at Kaiwharawhara

News from NZ Police
At about 2.45pm this afternoon, Police were advised that a male in his early 50s had been struck by a train and killed just north of the Kaiwharawhara railway station in Wellington. Read more »

Police using new automated technology to help find stolen Wellington cars

News from NZ Police
A pilot project using Automated Number Plate Recognition technology has seen the discovery of a number of stolen vehicles and vehicles of interest in Wellington. Read more »

Back to school: parents and children warned to be road-safety conscious

News release from NZ Police
Police are encouraging Wellington parents and their school-aged children to be road-safety conscious as the start of the new school year gets underway. Read more »

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